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LPR Live is a podcast from Q2 Music that presents vibrant performances of contemporary music alongside insightful interviews with its composers and performers. The featured music is drawn from live recordings collected from performances at Le Poisson Rouge - an underground performance venue and hotbed of contemporary music in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

LPR Live is a podcast from Q2 Music that presents vibrant performances of contemporary music alongside insightful interviews with its composers and performers. The featured music is drawn from live recordings collected from performances at Le Poisson Rouge - an underground performance venue and hotbed of contemporary music in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
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LPR Live is a podcast from Q2 Music that presents vibrant performances of contemporary music alongside insightful interviews with its composers and performers. The featured music is drawn from live recordings collected from performances at Le Poisson Rouge - an underground performance venue and hotbed of contemporary music in New York City’s Greenwich Village.






Norway's Jaga Jazzist Performs 'Starfire'

Jaga Jazzist is an eight-piece Norwegian ensemble with a sound that draws from jazz, vintage funk, Krautrock and shoegaze. It adds up to a mesmerizing, exploratory and overwhelmingly energetic sound simply meant to be experienced live. Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Lars Horntveth, the band first came together in a small Norwegian town in 1994, when the members were still teens. To date they've released seven full-length albums, including a live album with the Britten Sinfonia....


Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano's Philip Glass Piano Versions

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano are two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds. Brubaker is an American experimentalist known for his performances of music by John Adams, Meredith Monk and, especially, Philip Glass. Brubaker's former student, the Luxembourg musician Francesco Tristano, splits his time between concert-hall performances of J.S. Bach and Luciano Berio and club shows of beat-driven electronic dance music. On The Glass Piano Versions the two longtime...


GABI on Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

The music of GABI is hard to pin down. Chopped vocal fragments float and cluster among classical orchestration, found sounds and abstract electronic textures. At times atmospheric, at times heart-breakingly intimate, the music takes cues from Meredith Monk and Björk, using the power of the human voice to create strange, densely-textured soundscapes that pendulum between song, improvisation and composition. A classically-trained vocalist and composer, Gabrielle Herbst released her debut...


Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. While his music builds on the traditions of heady electronic pioneers like Morton Subotnick and Paul Lansky, he also takes inspiration from pulse-driven dance beats, minimalist chamber music and even visual art. Wohl's latest collection Holographic earned him accolades from both the contemporary classical and independent rock worlds for its seamless integration of live...


Eartheater on Feedback Loops and Alien Mysticism

Eartheater is the solo project of Queens-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Alexandra Drewchin. Her music exists in a world all its own, incorporating looped textures and pitch-shifted vocals alongside elements of mystical folk and ambient music. Drewchin's music is anchored by her poetry, which delves into concepts of lost identity, mysticism and disembodiment. Her performances seem as much spiritual, transformative rites as they are "music." We join Eartheater in the green room just...


Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Composer and Princeton professor Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument combining man and machine: the prepared digital piano. His Nostalgic Synchronic is a series of etudes that showcase the interactive instrument's capabilities, combining old-fashioned composition with responsive elements that anticipate the future of music performance. Like John Cage's Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano, Nostalgic Synchronic is at once pleasantly familiar – drawing on traditions of Bach,...


Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album Syncope at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015. Principe rearranged the album as a continuous live piece for himself, backed by contributors Will Epstein, The Antlers' Peter Silberman, and David Moore of Bing & Ruth. In his artist biography Principe writes, “This is visual music with an emotive core. An expression of love in response to sudden change, and the patient...


Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious chamber group Ensemble LPR for a performance by American composer, Rome Prize winner and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Andrew Norman. His Gran Turismo for eight virtuoso violinists draws its inspiration from the high octane racing-car video game of the same name. The performance is taken from an evening-length concert called "Sound and Fury" that placed Norman's Gran Turismo amidst music of seething (and sometimes explosive) intensity by Arvo...


Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

For this episode of LPR Live, we join Bing & Ruth – an ensemble of classically trained musicians that emotionally blends ambient electronic music with contemporary-classical minimalism and jazz – for backstage conversation and an exclusive performance at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Bing & Ruth is led by David Moore, a composer and pianist trained at the New School. Consisting of piano, two vocalists, two clarinets, upright bass, two cellists, drums and tape delay effects, the...


Download: LPR Live Returns with Sarah Neufeld's 'The Ridge'

The second season of Q2 Music's LPR Live podcast launches with a performance from composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her album The Ridge melds elements of classical, folk and pop and at times even simulates the sounds of electronic looping, but in an all-acoustic setup. We caught up with her on the last show of her tour promoting The Ridge to discuss the influence of yoga on her music and the importance of daily discipline. Then we join the audience at Le Poisson Rouge for a...


Download: John Adams's Grooving String Quartet with Attacca Quartet

Despite being one of relatively few chamber music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s 2008 String Quartet stands among the composer’s most significant compositions and has been solidly adopted into the chamber-music canon. This episode features a live performance of the titanic two-movement piece, performed live at Le Poisson Rouge by the Attacca Quartet. Joining Adams for his on-stage introduction of the piece are violinist Keiko Tokunaga and violist Luke Fleming of the Attacca Quartet....


Download: Ted Hearne's 'Parlor Diplomacy' Featuring Timo Andres

If you're a composer and you at least partially acknowledge the musical history that came before you, you're left in a tough position. How can you even put pen to paper when so much profound music already exists? Do you disregard it? Build upon it? Scrawl graffiti on its pages or bow in reverence? In this episode we hear music that does a little bit of each in three movements from the solo piano suite Parlour Diplomacy by Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne. The composer is joined by...


Download: David Lang Distills Late Friends in 'Memory Pieces'

David Lang's music hangs beautifully in the balance between head and heart. Despite the intricate mathematical undercurrents of his musical language and the rigorous construction of his forms, Lang's music is always primarily concerned with expression. This episode features two movements from Lang's Memory Pieces for piano, one of the composer's most personal and intimate works. Each movement is a sort of musical memorial – a recollection or conversation with a close friend, distilled into...


Download: Vivian Fung Concerto with Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Simply put, the vast majority of classical music performance features the work of dead composers. Performers don't have the chance to ask a work's creator for advice; can't inquire about phrasing, articulation, or dynamics; and almost never were these pieces written specifically for them. For this episode of LPR Live, however, quite the opposite is true. You'll hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with...


Download: Pianist Sarah Cahill Performs Terry Riley and Samuel Adams

One of America’s most revered experimentalists, Terry Riley turned 80 years old in 2015. Somehow, he remains eternally youthful and effortlessly hip, continuing to compose and perform at an invigorated pace. For decades now Riley has furthered the musical traditions he helped start in the 60s while serving as an inspiration to newer and younger generations of composers and performers. This episode of LPR Live tips a hat to this musical maverick with live performances by the California-based...


Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

Christopher Cerrone is one of those “on-the-brink” artists. The Brooklyn-based composer, riding an impressive wave of accolade and acclaim for his opera Invisible Cities, can seemingly not be heard enough, accumulating important commissions and performances across the country. This episode of LPR Live offers a bird’s eye view of his work for string quartet and string orchestra, High Windows, and features a performance by Quartet Senza Misura, Metropolis Ensemble and conductor Andrew Cyr....


Download: John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Piano Sonatas

On paper John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti—the experimental American composer and the late-Baroque keyboard maverick—make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement. This episode of LPR Live features the Israeli virtuoso live in performance of four sonatas, two each by Cage and Scarlatti. These performances are extracted from a larger recital by Greilsammer at (Le) Poisson Rouge that mirrors...


LPR Live Launches with Steve Reich's Iconic 'Different Trains'

LPR Live, a new podcast showcasing music recorded live at Greenwich Village's Le Poisson Rouge, launches with a throwback to Steve Reich's seminal 1988 Different Trains for string quartet and tape, performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). Steve Reich undoubtedly stands as one of America’s most influential composers. He also admits to being one of the most influenced musicians of his generation, combining the disparate sounds of jazz, African drumming, American...